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Demand Grows For Halal Food

March 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global industry for products that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.              

Malaysia Says No Engine Data After Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 8:31 am | by Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search.       

New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

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Panasonic Compensates Employees For Bad Air In China

March 13, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies.                   

Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disappearance

March 12, 2014 12:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.         

New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo enjoyed strong sales in the fourth quarter, but its earnings were hurt by extra costs linked to the launch of new products, write-downs and restructuring charges.           

Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                        

OECD: Global Growth To Remain Sluggish

March 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned.              

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Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.             

Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Earthquake, Tsunami

March 11, 2014 7:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years later, nearly 270,000 people remain displaced from their homes, including many from Fukushima prefecture who may never be able to return home due to radioactive contamination.             

Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.            

Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries.               

China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 11.3 percent in the first two months of this year but local brands suffered a decline in a sign of intense competition in the world's biggest auto market.            

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Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                     

Japan Sees Opportunity In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.                    

China's February Exports Plunge

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious promised reforms.          

Texas Tech Firm Had 20 Employees On Missing Plane

March 10, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said.            

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Fancy Toilets; Fiat-Chrysler's Tiny Jeep

March 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a high-tech bathroom upgrade to the Jeep that will be made in Italy.                    

Nissan: Thai Political Turmoil Temporary

March 7, 2014 11:10 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's second largest automaker said Friday it remains optimistic about Southeast Asia's auto market despite political turmoil in Thailand, one of the region's key car manufacturers.               

Trade Deficit Widened To $39.1B In January

March 7, 2014 8:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.                    

Court Revives Lawsuits By Soldiers Over Waste Disposal

March 7, 2014 8:25 am | by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits claim contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls.             

Dempsey Says NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

March 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations and tactics that were revealed in the documents taken by Snowden.         

Job Loss Hangs Over United Tech Talks In Conn.

March 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.         

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 8:23 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five factories were closed or torn down in Pingshan county as part of the government's drive to clear up China's notoriously smoggy skies, but shutting plants has taken a human and economic toll in lost jobs and income.       

2 Guilty Of Selling U.S. Trade Secrets To China

March 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men were convicted of stealing a secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.           

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